The Day the Earth Stood Still script
Synopsis: The Day the Earth Stood Still (a.k.a. Farewell to the Master and Journey to the World) is a 1951 black-and-white American science fiction film from 20th Century Fox, produced by Julian Blaustein, directed by Robert Wise, that stars Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, and Sam Jaffe. The screenplay was written by Edmund H. North, based on the 1940 science fiction short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates. The score was composed by Bernard Herrmann.

EXT. LINCOLN MEMORIAL - LONG SHOT (STOCK)

A small crowd of tourists is climbing the steps to the

columned entrance.

EXT. WASHINGTON MONUMENT - LONG SHOT (STOCK)

Under this shot a barely audible, distant hum is heard. It

grows in volume so imperceptibly in this and the next two

shots that we are unconscious of it.

EXT. JEFFERSON MEMORIAL - LONG SHOT (STOCK)

EXT. THE MALL - LONG SHOT

Crowds are strolling on the Mall and across the well-kept

lawns in front of the Smithsonian Institution with the

leisurely, meandering quality that distinguishes sight-seers.

MED. SHOT

Including several small groups of people moving toward the

Smithsonian. Their attention is attracted as the hum off

scene becomes a roar. The sound is unearthly in its intensity

and almost unbearable in its swiftly increasing volume. The

people stop in their tracks and look up in the sky in terror.

MED. CLOSE SHOT

Several people on the steps of the Smithsonian have turned

to look. There is cold, frozen fear in their eyes. The awful

sound keeps increasing in volume.

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Edmund H. North

Edmund Hall North (March 12, 1911 – August 28, 1990), was an American screenwriter who shared an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with Francis Ford Coppola in 1970 for their script for Patton. North wrote the screenplay for the 1951 science-fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still and is credited for creating the famous line from the film, "Klaatu barada nikto". more…

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